Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! 

I had a little birthday earlier this month... the big 3 - 0. How did that happen so fast? Everyone has been asking if I feel any differently but its been two whole weeks and I'm just as happy as I was before I turned 30. No grey hair, no new wrinkles... so far, so good! 

The best part of it being your birthday is getting to do what you want to do! Mr. ATG and I spent the day before my birthday at home. It was a day full of bike rides, grilling, eating and drinking grapefruit margaritas... oh and dark chocolate brownies.





Burlap Tom's?? I'm in love.

On my actual birthday Mr. ATG had to work so my sweet brother, Johnny, took me out on the town in Raleigh. We had dinner at a Plates Neighborhood Kitchen. So good! Johnny has the duck gnocchi and I had the mushroom bar lotto. So good! The restaurant is small, the tables are a little close together but the ambiance and the food is out of this world. I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are in the Raleigh area. 

I was a little more focused on catching up with my brother and the amazing glass of Malbec I had that I forgot to take pictures! Guess I'll just have to go back... 



Dinner was followed up by dessert and more drinks... and then another bar and even more drinks. I definitely brought 30 in with a bang! 


Thanks for all the sweet birthday messages on Facebook! An even bigger thank you to our awesome customers being so patient and understanding that we need a break sometimes too!





Friday, March 13, 2015

Where Are They Now? Follow up with our Giveaway Winner!

Remember a few weeks ago when we did the "share it and win it" giveaway to celebrate 2500 likes on our FB Page? Well... our winner, Jessie was sweet enough to share a photo of the headboard we made for her family.


She ordered a queen sized headboard, stained Early American. 

Congrats again to Jessie and her family. Our Facebook page is quickly approaching 3,000 likes so we'll be celebrating with another giveaway or discount soon. Be sure to "like" our Facebook Page for the latest information!! 

Happy Treasure Hunting Friends, 
Ashley 



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Our Living Room: Coffee Table and End Table Reveal

Between the long list of custom orders we've been working on, Mr. ATG found some time to build us a coffee table! We sold our funky, music playing coffee table that we revamped and featured on the blog (August of 2013) before we left Kansas.  You can read about that revamp here: http://againstthegraindesigns.blogspot.com/2013/08/our-living-room-coffee-table-reveal.html. 

It was a tough decision because we both LOVED that coffee table, but with a new walker in the house, we thought it'd be safer for our little one if we went coffee-table-less for a while. Now that our little one is walking (more like running...) and steady on his feet, we were ready for a new coffee table and some new end tables!  

Our living room is huge, so a small dainty little coffee table wasn't going to cut it AND I also wanted something our little guy wouldn't be able to destroy if he banged his toys on it. Enter pallet boards! There are so many talents woodworkers that work with nothing but pallets - and I am in awe of you! Those suckers are hard to break down. Fortunately for me, Mr. ATG is way more determined and patient than I am! Here's what he built -- 

Gorgeous right? Its massive - 31" x 31" and PERFECT of our space!


He used pallet boards on the top and lower shelf. We decided to keep them unfinished but painted the bases antique white. 



After A LOT of sanding and a bazillion (no seriously, a bazillion) coats of poly, we had ourselves a new living room! 








Unfortunately our living room is pretty bare - no pictures, no candles, no knick-nacks. Instead, we accessorize with toys. Hopefully one day we'll be able to have nice things again! 


I think Reid approved of the table! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life!

Still struggling to find the perfect Valentine's gift for the man in your life? Look no further! Our Etsy Shop has LOTS of options, including these wall mounted bottle openers. Pricing starts at just $20 and shipping is $5. Can't beat that! 

www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrain1







In addition to the bottle openers, you'll find signs and rustic home decor items for all of your Valentines! Don't see something you like?? We can always custom make a sign just for you! 








Can you believe there is less than 2 weeks until Valentines Day?? Happy February friends!

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NEW Cross Legged Dining Table

We had a customer come to use with a photo she found on Pinterest and asked if we could recreate it. We're always up for the a new challenge so of course we said yes! Here is the original photo she found online - 


Mr. ATG did an amazing job recreating it while adding a few of our his own little touches on it. Rather than using 2" boards on the top, we swapped them out for 1" boards to give it a cleaner, more solid look. Here are a few photos before we stained it -- 






We stained the table using Minwax's PolyShades in Classic Black - rather than the rustic stain of the original photo. Even after one coat I knew I loved the look -


We used two coats to give it a deep black color and an elegant glossy finish. 








We have added this beauty to our ATG Originals line - you can see all of our custom built furniture pieces on our Facebook Page, in the album called "ATG Originals." Dimensions and stain color can easily be altered to fit your space and style. Email or message us to place your order! Sorry out of town-ers, local pick up only. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Share it and Win It Giveaway!

We are starting off 2015 with a big milestone - we hit 2500 likes on our Facebook Page! To some of you professional bloggers or big companies this may not be a big deal, but to us - its HUGE! Facebook makes it extra difficult to get your posts and photos seen so I'm so glad our furniture is getting out there. 



In celebration of our achievement, we're doing a "Share it and Win it" giveaway for a headboard! You can find out more details on how to enter on our Facebook Page. Unfortunately this is only for our local friends since the headboard will have to be picked up at our home in Cameron.


I know I'm biased, but we've built some pretty beautiful headboards for some very happy customers. Here's a peak at a few of our headboards all settled into their new homes. 








If you're interested in placing an order you can FB message us or email us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com for more information!! 

Good luck! 

Ashley